In the murder trial of an Army Major accused of killing 13 U.S. soldiers at a Texas base in 2009, the jury selection is in progress for the Nidel Hasan case.
Ten Army officers were chosen by the end of the day of the 13 to 16 expected to form the jury in the court martial of Major Nidal Hasan, who faces the death penalty if convicted.
Hasan, an American-born Muslim who is defending himself, asked one of the prospective jurors his opinion about the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The prospective juror said he viewed the Taliban as part political and social, conservative, tribal, strict and intolerant. Another potential juror who said he was at the Pentagon during the September 11, 2001, attacks, was asked by Hasan his opinion about Sharia or Islamic law. The colonel said he did not see Sharia law as aligned with democratic principles.
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